UK wedding photography workshop Aga Tomaszek

The UK wedding photography workshop

This week I took part in the UK wedding photography workshop – two days full of positive energy, enthusiasm and photography tricks. The photos below are just a small fraction of what happened during that time. Every aspect of running a successful wedding photography business was covered. Even the astro photography! Big thanks to Aga Tomaszek, Dan Morris and Eirik Halvorsen – you guys rock! Even though I’ve been running my wedding photography business for five years, my brain got bombarded with new fantastic ideas which I’ve kept and I won’t hesitate to use in the future. Thank you so much!

Not many people realize how difficult it is to be a good wedding photographer. This is not only a job, this is so much more – the lifestyle, passion, the right combination of talent, business skills, experience and drive. We are not just camera ladies, camera guys – there is so much more to it. We aim to capture the best memories and give them to our clients in a beautiful form of photographs. In every single picture we leave a bit of our soul. That’s why we need to really protect our souls and keep the right work/life balance. We’re neither tools nor machines but sometimes we are treated this way. At that point it is very difficult to keep our enthusiasm and love for what we do and to stay young in spirit. This UK wedding photography workshop reminded me about Jostein Gaarder’s ‘Sophie’s World’ (I love this book):

“To children, the world and everything in it is new, something that gives rise to astonishment. It is not like that for adults. Most adults accept the world as a matter of course. This is precisely where philosophers are a notable exception. A philosopher never gets quite used to the world. To him or her, the world continues to seem a bit unreasonable – bewildering, even enigmatic. Philosopers and small children thus have an important faculty in common. The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder…”

After Aga, Dan and Eirik’s workshop I have decided not to grow up. Never! Thanks for reminding me about this amazing faculty of wonder!


Green Man Fownhope Herefordshire wedding

Love is in the air... Valentine's Day 2017

Love it or hate it – but it is here anyway… Valentine’s Day 2017. I know some people say… if you love someone, this day should be just like any other day. The same, with nothing sweet, red and too plastic. They can’t stand the 14th of February. For me today is not about hearts, sweets and roses. It is all about celebrating love. As a wedding photographer, I see love… this happy, overwhelming and fuzzy feeling, beauty, decorations and sweet things almost every weekend. I also see all different types of love… between the couple, between parents and their children, love for the grandparents and friends.

Love is the most important thing in our lives. We are nobody without love. Have you seen Stardust – one of my most favorite films ever. Do you remember what Yvaine said about love? Here it is:

“You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn’t true. I know a lot about love. I’ve seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate… It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves… You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful.

So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and… My heart… It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it’s trying to escape because it doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange – no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine”

So… Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


Lemore Manor wedding photographer Hereford

Lemore Manor weddings

Lemore Manor weddings are amazing. It does not matter if you are getting married in May, August or December – you will always have the best day of your life there. Friendly staff, beautiful manor and gardens as well as tasty food are just what you are looking for. We have photographed warm rainy summer wedding days as well as cold winder days there. Outdoor and indoor ceremonies… and every time we thoroughly enjoyed it.

We feel privileged to have been invited to this Sunday’s Lemore Manor wedding showcase event. Are you coming too? If the answer is yes – we have a surprise for you. The details of the special prize draw are going to be revealed on the day, so please make sure you pop in to find out more details. This prize draw will only last one day and is exclusive to the Great Gatsby showcase event. If you want to win either the pre-wedding or the after-wedding/anniversary shoot with Marta May Photography – make sure you’re there.

Here is just a quick selection of the Lemore Manor weddings we have photographed. Some of them have been featured in OUR WORK. Have a look. We cannot wait to meet you and have a chat with you this Sunday, the 12th February 2017, at Lemore Manor. See you soon!

 


hygge best wedding photography

Hygge - enjoying friends, family, graciousness

So… today is a cold February morning. I’m sitting here and trying to warm up by drinking a lovely cup of tea. Let’s face it, the world around us isn’t necessarily one of the cosiest places. Just look at the news around you. However, there is one very good outcome of all this. We value our families, homes and time that much more, we have changed. You will probably be surprised when you hear that last year brought me more peace and happiness than previous years. Yes! Before that I worried a lot, studied too hard, worked too much and almost never had time for myself and my family. This year is so much different. I think about the things that matter, I have found the hygge…

I spend more time with my kids, take more pictures just for the fun of it. There is still a lot to be done like switching to a healthy and beautiful food, spending even more time with my family or simply learning how to enjoy every moment. I’m getting there! What about you? Have you found your inner peace yet? What does hygge mean to you? In my case it always was there, hidden until last year. Maybe that’s why I always felt pain and I was longing for something missing in my life. Probably that’s why I have always loved Scandinavia, learnt Norwegian and Swedish. Every time I am there, I feel that I belong there for some strange reason. Anyway, let’s get back to photography! Stay tuned, some beautiful things are coming!


hygge 52 week challenge

52 week photography challenge 1/12

Hello and welcome to my 52 week photography challenge. I thought it would be good to do something different this year and then I found the DOGWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY website. However, I’ve decided to change the challenge slightly because of… our kids, Gabi (5) and Tim (3). I thought they should take part in some of it too. The other problem I have is the time, or rather the lack of it. In the past I have tried 365 day photo challenges but I would always finish them at very early stages… So I have decided to publish this challenge’s photos once a month.

What was the first month about?

Portrait: Self portrait and a Headshot – I didn’t do my own portrait, sort of, maybe I will have more courage in December but I did a couple of portraits. My son created this lovely painting of himself and there is also a tiny photo telling you a bit about who I am (a note to myself: create your own portrait!)

Landscape: Traditional landscape – This was one of my favorite challenges because it means being out and about with my camera! I also love Gabi’s landscapes. I didn’t tell her any of the rules, but she nailed it anyway! She instinctively used the rule of thirds too!

Artistic: Red – What a great challenge and such a magical color! Very noticeable. So instead of planning, I went outside… and it was there, so easy to find… No wonder the Post Office uses it! I also loved what our son created in the nursery last week… a red caterpillar!

Story: Rule of Thirds and Mirror – I try to use the rule of thirds in every photo, even in portraits. Mirrors are amazing too – and you can find them everywhere. Just look at your bathroom and your iphone (a very smart use of smartphones at weddings). Even a puddle can work as a mirror – it has helped me to create an artistic vision of our winter star…

Technical: SOOC – straight out of the camera – the green photo at the end

Artistic: Land – land, landscape, rule of thirds… Can you find two photos about the land? Let me know!

See you soon!